Ryanair’s launch of 12 new holiday routes for summer 2022 (Hexham Courant 5th August 2021) may be good news for a financially desperate Newcastle Airport and some holidaymakers. However, it’s bad news for people who live near the noise from flight paths and for the global warming emergency. The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) latest report reinforces what we can all see from the news: that severe weather events are worsening and occurring more often across the whole planet including in the UK. All of us are in harm’s way.
Aviation is a significant contributor to noise pollution and greenhouse gases where we live and across the whole planet but Newcastle Airport and Ryanair clearly don’t agree. Before the pandemic, aviation’s contribution was climbing, especially in the holiday and leisure sector, and Ryanair’s extra 63 flights a week can only take us in the wrong direction. We all need to fly a lot less and use other forms of travel and Aircraft Noise Action Group invites people to pledge to reduce or eliminate flying in the next year as a starter - you can do that here: https://flightfree.co.uk/